Join us in celebrating World Spine Day and help spread awareness about spinal health! From http://www.worldspineday.org:
“Every year on October 16th people from around the world join together to raise awareness on World Spine Day as part of the Bone and Joint Decade’s Action Week. The World Spine Day (WSD) theme for 2015 is ‘Your Back at Work,’ focusing on the importance of education related to good spinal health and prevention of injuries in the workplace – help promote WSD by sharing a ‘spine selfie’ of ‘Your Back at Work’!
Spinal disorders, such as back pain, neck pain, scoliosis and disc disease, to name a few are common, and they can have a profound effect on a person’s overall health.
Research has demonstrated that poor postures and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.
- Back and neck pain is one of the most common reasons for workplace sick leave.
- 50% of the working population will experience back or neck pain symptoms at least once per year.
- In a recent study low back pain ranked as one of the most ‘disabling’ conditions and sixth in terms of usage of health funding.”
Your spine does more than keep your body upright: it’s the way that Command Central (the brain) “talks” to everything else. Chiropractic care helps you maintain a healthy spine by eliminating subluxations; custom-made orthotics are designed to help the benefits of that care last longer and stronger. Don’t have a Chiropractor yet? You can find one here, and be sure to ask for a pedal exam to find out if orthotics are right for you.
“Stand up straight!” — the familiar battle cry of moms and teachers everywhere.
It’s time to listen up — because poor posture doesn’t just look frumpy, it takes a serious toll on health. Here are just a few of the results:
- Muscle soreness
- Blood vessel constriction
- Nerve constriction
…As the years pile up, so do the problems, resulting in pain, restricted motion, and making the body more and more susceptible to injury and disease. (Read more about the posture-health connection here).
After all, your spine does more than keep your body upright: it’s the way that Command Central (the brain) “talks” to everything else.
Healthy spine = healthy body, healthy mind.
That’s right: posture can even affect your emotional well-being, including self-confidence! For a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, participants were asked to complete a mock job application while holding one of two positions: with shoulders slumped or sitting up straight. They also rated their own job-related strengths, how likely they were to land a position, and how well they’d perform, among other things.
Posture had a dramatic affect on responses: sitting up straight, the interviewees rated themselves far better.
Chiropractic care help you maintain healthy posture by keeping the body balanced; custom-made orthotics are designed to help the benefits of that care last longer and better. Don’t have a Chiropractor yet? You can find one here. In the meantime, do yourself a favor: listen to your mama and stand up straight to reap the mind-body benefits of healthy posture.
Shoes are like books, and every pair tells a story. Your healthcare professional can “read” yours to learn a lot about your lifestyle and health, specifically your risk for postural conditions. Your feet are your body’s foundation, so shoes that are worn out, poorly constructed, or don’t fit properly can shift the entire body “off-kilter,” and cause problems in your legs, knees, hips, pelvis, and spine.
Here are a couple of clues that your postural problems need to be addressed:
- Heel wear – As the heel of your shoe wears, it should wear evenly on both sides of the shoe. If one side of the heel is worn more than the other side, this indicates a possible body imbalance. Now examine two shoes of a pair together, side by side. Is one shoe more worn than its mate? This screams “imbalance” too, which can translate into pain and instability up through the lower extremities and into the spine.
- Sole wear – Look at the soles of your shoes. From top to bottom, does one sole show wear that is creeping closer to the heel? This is another indication of bodily imbalance, as your foot on this side is likely pronating (rolling in) more than the other. (Pronation is a normal part of the walking cycle, but excessive pronation can have serious health consequences. We’ll talk more about pronation in a future post).
Check out that uneven heel wear — yikes!
What you put on your feet is not just about your feet. Proper fitting, supportive shoes are important for your body’s overall wellness, and functional orthotics in every pair go the extra mile in protecting and maintaining your health. Learn about the Foot Levelers’ functional orthotics, plus our Shoethotics and Sandalthotics, here.